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Nutrition labelling

What must go on a food label, and how should it look? Debate is heating up on the new EU regulation, with stakeholders airing views on the merits of guidance daily amounts and traffic light labels, and just what size font should be used for mandatory information.

Chewing the fat: Calorie perception of hard and soft food differs

People perceive foods that are hard to have fewer calories than soft equivalents, according to new research published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Food Vision 2014: Bridge knowledge gaps, overcome change and work sustainably

What is the future of food? Simple communication of complex advances will be crucial, as well as picking up the pace amid a global population boom to feed the world...

dispatches from ISA conference 2014

Behavioural economist: Do the nutritional thinking for people if you want change

Consumers don’t really want more nutritional information, they want an easy life, according to a behavioural economist talking at a conference in Brussels.

Special edition: Nuts, pulses and legumes

No picnic: Is pea protein moving from the fringe to mainstream?

Pea protein may be moving in from the food and beverage fringes, however formulating with the fast-growing ingredient is 'no picnic' according to functional confectionery firm Carmit.

dispatches from isa conference, brussels

Voices from the International Sweeteners Association Conference in Brussels

What role could sweeteners play in weight and diabetes management? Should we be 'curing' obesity or preventing it? Who tells us what to eat and why do we listen to...

Live updates from Food Vision in Cannes

The key quotes: #FoodVision in tweets

Global food and drink industry leaders at the Food Vision event in Cannes are aiming to tackle the big issues and key topics directly affecting the future of the industry...

Further evidence questions fat intake guidelines and heart disease links

A review of more than 72 clinical studies has raised further questions over current guidelines relating to fat intake - which generally restrict the consumption of saturated fats and encourage...

Novel eye-tracking study holds promise for improving label designs

Utilising eye-tracking technologies to assess how health conscious consumers perceive food products could help manufacturers improve label designs and better promote healthy products, say researchers.

Rejected nano labelling law goes back to square one

The question of how to define and label nano-scale ingredients will return to the drawing board, after the European Parliament rejected the Commission’s proposed regulation on Wednesday.

Study identifies ‘quick and simple’ test for salt levels in food

A ‘novel method’ for measuring salt content in food is said to be more robust and easy to use than current techniques, according to a new study.

Spotlight on allergens in EU label regulations

NiceLabel has launched a labeling system for manufacturers to meet EU regulation changes.

EU eyes reformulation and marketing restrictions to cut childhood obesity

Restricting marketing to children and continuing to cut salt, fats and added sugar in processed foods are among initiatives put forward in a plan to tackle childhood obesity, agreed by...

EU to reassess UK traffic light labels

The European Commission has said it will investigate the impact of the UK’s voluntary traffic light nutrition labelling scheme, after several EU member states led by the Italian delegation complained...

Mud in your eye: EFSA rejects vision and stool claims

Replacing vegetable oils with an esterified vegetable oil in infant formulas will not soften infant stools, and a choline form will not boost vision, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)...

Listen up hedgehogs: Arla’s Lactofree ad is not misleading

Arla’s lactose-free TV advert is not misleading, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has concluded after receiving complaints from dairy-allergic consumers.

UK traffic light labels could harm European SMEs, says industry body

Small European food companies could be pushed out of the UK market if ‘hybrid’ traffic light labels are implemented, says UEAPME, the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.

Mood foods: Thinking about the future leads to better food choices, say researchers

As researchers uncover more about the way our mood impacts dietary choices, one research group has found that thinking about the future can help us to make better food choices.

MEPs oppose ‘weak’ nano definition

MEPs have opposed a measure that would have exempted nano-sized food additives from labelling if they are already in common use.

'We'll make food labelling clearer': Scottish government

Consumers in Scotland will receive far clearer information about the origins of their food, the Scottish government has pledged, after launching a new partnership yesterday (February 11) to deliver that promise.

Pomegranate juice sugar shock: UK adults understate levels by 500%+

UK adults drastically underestimated sugar levels in fruit juices and smoothies by 48% on average and significantly overestimated content in energy drinks and CSDs says a hard-hitting comment in The Lancet.

Novel foods fall through Trading Standards' net

Trading Standards (TS) don’t have the resources to check for the potentially dangerous unapproved novel foods illegally on sale on the UK market, it has emerged.

What makes whole grains whole? Researchers target Europe-wide definition

A group of researchers has published a definition of ‘whole grain’ stemming from the HealthGrain EU project, in an effort to harmonise labelling and nutrition guidelines across Europe.

Health and wellness: Don’t mention the ‘D’ word (diet!)

Diet is becoming a dirty word, consumers prefer health and wellness, says Leatherhead.

Leatherhead: The future consumer is savvy and sceptical

The coming year will see a more sceptical consumer who demands greater traceability, sustainability and honesty on pack, according to a Leatherhead analyst.

GM free: Ulrick & Short becomes first UK firm to gain 'Ohne Gentechnik' certification

Certification by German-government backed 'Ohne Gentechnik' labelling scheme will help British supplier Ulrick & Short to a competitive advantage in the GM-sensitive German market, says the firm.

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